Chapter 9. The Triumph of a Reasonable Man: Stich, Mindreading, and Nativism

  1. Dominic Murphy Senior Lecturer2 and
  2. Michael Bishop Professor3
  1. Kim Sterelny Professor

Published Online: 14 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308709.ch9

Stich: And His Critics

Stich: And His Critics

How to Cite

Sterelny, K. (2009) The Triumph of a Reasonable Man: Stich, Mindreading, and Nativism, in Stich: And His Critics (eds D. Murphy and M. Bishop), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308709.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The University of Sydney, Australia

  2. 3

    Florida State University, USA

Author Information

  1. Victoria University in Wellington, New zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405112079

Online ISBN: 9781444308709



  • triumph of reasonable man - Stich, mindreading and nativism;
  • beyond simulation and theory - humans interpreting others;
  • hybrid theory of interpretation and prediction;
  • Stich–Nichols conception of mindreading - with picture of intentional system without metarepresentational capacities;
  • innateness on hybrid model;
  • poverty of stimulus;
  • acquisition and general learning abilities - nativism about mindreading and false belief tests;
  • optimality, adaptation, learning


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Beyond Simulation and the Theory-Theory

  • A Hybrid Theory of Interpretation and Prediction

  • Innateness on a Hybrid Model

  • The Poverty of the Stimulus

  • Acquisition and General Learning Abilities

  • Optimality, Adaptation, Learning

  • Reprise

  • References